The ultimate poolside indulgence? A ‘push for champagne’ button at Raes on Wategos

The ultimate poolside indulgence? A ‘push for champagne’ button at Raes on Wategos
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Ever wanted a poolside “push for champagne” button knowing you’ll immediately get a pour of Maison Perrier-Jouët? Well now you can, as Raes on Wategos has unveiled a tiled centrepiece by artist in residence Eytan Messiah that does just that.

    The Byron Bay hotel’s current artist in residence has created the bespoke tile and ceramic mural installation that features a brass “push for champagne” button that delivers a glass of Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs to a guest’s luxury lounger in style.

    “My residency at Raes on Wategos has been a deeply immersive experience,” said Messiah, who was also artist in residence in 2022.

    Artist in residence Eytan Messiah with his tiled centrepiece.

    “Glazed ceramic tiles have adorned our human history for thousands of years and I am always keen for my work to centre around these valuable traditions. The beauty and history of the Wategos area as well as the hotel itself have been a rich palette to draw from. My handcrafted tiles and ceramic mural look to celebrate these elements and add to the story of Raes on Wategos.”

    Established in 2019, the Maison Perrier-Jouët and Raes on Wategos artist in residence program creates an artwork which reflects the essence of the hotel, created in the artist’s chosen medium.

    Since inception, the series has welcomed the likes of French-born Australian artist Stanislas Piechaczek and men’s fashion label COMMAS to the boutique beachfront hotel.

    Messiah’s first partnership with Perrier-Jouët and Raes was in 2022, resulting in a series of ceramic artworks which are displayed at the hotel and available to purchase via the Raes website.

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